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Lexus overview

Lexus is the luxury car division of the Toyota Motor Corporation. Founded in Japan in 1983, it did not make its debut in the UK until 1990, following a successful launch in the USA the previous year. Lexus entered the UK market with just one model, the LS 400. Its impact was significant. The LS 400 set new standards for premium quality and changing perceptions of what a luxury vehicle should be.

Lexus is pronounced ‘lek·suhs’. The marque is known for offering drivers premium luxury and exceptional build quality when it comes to their cars. Engine performance, reliability and state-of-the-art technology are at the forefront for this brand. It is suggested that the name Lexus is derived from ‘luxe,’ the French word for sophistication and elegance and the Greek word for language, ‘lexicon.’ Others have suggested Lexus means ‘luxury exports to the US’ — a nod to its arrival in the US in 1989.

The Lexus model range has developed over the years to meet different consumers’ driving requirements and styles. However, its success has never detracted from its original fundamental principles of quality, performance and craftsmanship. As one of the world’s leading luxury vehicle brands, Lexus is often compared with other premium marques, such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi and Jaguar. However, in terms of price, it tends to be less expensive than luxury rivals like Mercedes-Benz or BMW.

As one of the world’s leading luxury vehicle brands, Lexus is often compared with other premium marques, such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi and Jaguar. In terms of price, it tends to be less expensive than luxury rivals like Mercedes-Benz or BMW.

Lexus has been at the forefront of luxury electric vehicle production since 2005 and is considered a pioneer in luxury electric and hybrid vehicles. It entered the electric vehicle market with the introduction of the Lexus RX400h, making history as the world’s first hybrid luxury car. It delivered impressive fuel economy and all the premium features and flawless build quality consumers expect from Lexus.

Today, Lexus offers a range of hybrid vehicles which harness the latest technologies to combine the strengths of conventional internal combustion engines with the benefits of electrification. In 2021, it launched the UX 300e – its first all-electric model.


Popular Lexus models

Introduced in 1999, the Lexus IS is a luxury compact executive car that was originally sold in Japan from 1998 as the Toyota Altezza. Its highly acclaimed design won Japan’s Car of the Year Award for 1998-1999. Powered by a straight-six engine with a six-speed manual gearbox, it provided 153bhp, with a top speed of 134mph and accelerated from 0-62 mph in 9.3 seconds. Features include climate control, electric windows, electric folding mirrors, iconic Lexus taillights and comfortable seats with a full range of adjustment. The Lexus IS offers a range of trims and engine sizes. The second-generation model launched in 2005 with extensive technical and aesthetic changes, including the use of aluminium to keep its weight to around 50kg. A third generation was revealed in 2013 at the Detroit Motor Show with the latest safety technologies designed to prevent collisions in various driving conditions.

A mid-sized luxury saloon, the Lexus ES (which stands for ‘executive sedan’) first launched in 1998 as part of the marque’s UK debut, along with the Lexus LS400. With its refined and aerodynamic exterior and well-built spacious interior, it is a popular choice for drivers looking for a luxurious, comfortable vehicle for commuting in the city or going on longer journeys. Offering multiple generations, the Lexus ES has a V6 engine, front wheel drive and a raft of safety features, including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane-keeping assistance and blind spot monitoring.

The Lexus NX is a compact luxury crossover SUV which was introduced in 2014. An instant success, it quickly became the best-selling Lexus model in Europe. While it shares some parts with the Toyota RAV4, the design, suspension, some engines, its spacious interior and luxury features are exclusive to Lexus. The NX has plenty of safety features and its advanced technology ensures you stay connected. A range of engine options and hybrid variants are available.

Launched at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the Lexus UX is a subcompact luxury crossover SUV. It was Lexus’ smallest crossover model until the introduction of the subcompact LBX in 2023. The UX stands for ‘urban explorer’ and its innovative technology and safety features make it the ideal vehicle for navigating city streets or going away on a weekend break. It shares the same GA-C platform as the E210 series Toyota Corolla and is available as a petrol, hybrid or fully electric vehicle.


Manufacturer awards

Lexus has garnered countless and consecutive awards related to the reliability of their models. 2023 became the fourth time the marque had been voted as the ‘Most Reliable Brand’ in Auto Trader’s New Car Awards. This award is based on 220,000 UK car owners who responded to the annual survey. They were also ranked number one in the annual WhatCar? Reliability Survey for the seventh time. Honest John corroborated both of these awards by naming the brand ‘number one for reliability and customer satisfaction’ in the same year.

Individual models have won a whole host of awards, and in the electric sector the Lexus NX 450h was crowned the Best Large Plug-in Car for the 2nd year running in the 2023 Carbuyer Best Car Awards. The model also retained its title as Plug-in Hybrid of the Year in the 2022 What Car? Awards.


Lexus frequently asked questions


What is Lexus?

Lexus is a luxury automotive brand owned by Toyota Motor Corporation. It was introduced in 1989 to offer a premium line of vehicles that would compete with established luxury car brands. Lexus vehicles are synonymous with luxury.

Who owns Lexus?

Lexus is owned by the Toyota Motor Corporation.

Who makes Lexus cars?

Lexus cars are made by the Toyota Motor Corporation, a major Japanese automotive manufacturer.

What country is Lexus from?

Lexus is a luxury car brand that originates from Japan. It was launched by the Toyota Motor Corporation in 1989 as a separate division to manufacture premium vehicles.

Where is Lexus made?

Lexus vehicles are primarily manufactured in Japan, with most Lexus models produced in the Toyota Motor Corporation’s Tahara plant in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. A state-of-the-art facility, it is dedicated to manufacturing Lexus vehicles to the highest standards of quality and craftsmanship.

What does Lexus stand for?

The name Lexus combines the Latin ‘luxus’ and the French ‘luxe’ to symbolise elegance and sumptuousness, together with the Greek word ‘lexicon’ which means language.

How to pronounce Lexus

Lexus is pronounced ‘lek·suhs’ which is translated as lɛ́ksəs in the modern International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).

How much is a Lexus?

There are several factors to consider that can influence the price of a used Lexus. The model, year, mileage, condition and any additional features or options can have a bearing on the price. As a general guide, at Arnold Clark, you can buy a used Lexus from upwards of £12,000. Search our stock of used Lexus cars for sale or contact your nearest Arnold Clark dealership to learn more about the models available and pricing.

How much is a Lexus hybrid?

The cost of a used Lexus Hybrid depends on the model, trim, milage and the condition of the vehicle. Prices can range upwards from £19,000. Search our stock of used Lexus Hybrid cars for sale or contact your nearest Arnold Clark dealership to learn more about the hybrid models available and pricing.

How long do Lexus hybrid batteries last?

The lifespan of Lexus hybrid batteries varies depending on several factors, including driving conditions, maintenance and how much the vehicle is used. However, as a rule, Lexus hybrid battery systems tend to last for a considerable time (typically around 10 to 15 years or more).

How to charge a Lexus hybrid battery?

To charge a Lexus hybrid battery you need to locate the charger port. This is usually found near or under the bonnet. Connect the charging cable to the charger port on your Lexus hybrid battery and the other end to a power supply. Depending on your Lexus model, you can activate the charging process by pressing a button or turning a switch. The charge level can be monitored on your vehicle’s dashboard.

What is Lexus Takumi pack?

The Lexus Takumi Pack is a luxury bundle of premium features and options that might be included with select Lexus models if specified by the original owner. It includes unique design elements, enhanced interior materials and exclusive specifications such as an upgraded 13-speaker audio system, 360-degree camera and a power-adjustable rear seat.

What is VSC on Lexus?

The VSC on a Lexus stands for ‘Vehicle Stability Control.’ It is a safety feature designed to help maintain stability and control of the vehicle during challenging driving conditions.


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